Guide To Long Run Trade Encapsulation

Long run trade encapsulation preserves brochures, posters, ID cards, graphics, photos and artworks for decades. Applying a protective plastic film on both the surfaces of the document provides permanent protection from heat, moisture, sunlight, greases and creases. With the appropriate finish, an encapsulated material retains its stunning appearance for many years.

Materials for long run encapsulation

All types of flat printed material and photos can be encapsulated. Common materials encapsulated by businesses include catalogues, brochures, posters, leaflets, flyers, restaurant menus, directional signs, membership cards, credit cards and business cards. You can even consider encapsulating your valuable pictures, tabletop displays, certificates and ID cards. Any document or graphic that needs to be preserved can be fed into encapsulation machines.


Why encapsulate

Although long run preservation of documents is the primary reason for encapsulation, there are other advantages of encapsulation that should not be overlooked. Encapsulation boosts the appearance of a printed product or graphic. With brighter colors, clearer prints and better contrast, the encapsulated material looks significantly better than the original. Encapsulated brochures and restaurant menus can be reused for many years, thereby reducing the cost of printing these important materials frequently. Encapsulation prevents materials that are used frequently from smudges, grease, abrasion, chemicals, moisture and fingerprints. By stiffening the materials, encapsulation prevents them from curling.

Encapsulation finish

You can opt for different types of finishes for your encapsulated materials. The right finish significantly improves the appearance of the product. Gloss finish is best suited for colored documents. It enhances the brightness, definition and radiance of the material. For a non-reflective finish, the encapsulated material should have a matte finish. However, matte finish may not make the encapsulated document as durable as an encapsulated material with gloss finish. Matte finished materials are vulnerable to fingerprints and abrasion. Encapsulated documents for everyday use usually come with a clear finish. The glass-like finish enhances the durability of the material.
 
Different encapsulation processes

The most durable encapsulated materials are produced by application of heat to the encapsulation films. Documents encapsulated by this method are resistant to heat and corrosive weather elements. Heat sensitive materials printed with ink that melt at high temperature are encapsulated with cold roll encapsulating films with pressure sensitive adhesives.

With the availability of advanced encapsulating machines, printed products and graphics can be encapsulated automatically in a few minutes. Depending upon the type of material to be laminated, appropriate encapsulation process is applied to create appropriate encapsulated materials that will last for several years.

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